Cookham Wood Prison information


HMYOI Cookham Wood was built in the 1970s, originally for young men, but its use was changed to meet the growing need for secure female accommodation at the time.

In 2007/8, Cookham Wood was converted to a Juvenile Centre to accommodate 15-18 year-old young men to reduce capacity pressures in London and the South East.

Currently Cookham Wood is one of four establishments the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) commission from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to provide specialist custodial places for young people aged 15 – 18.

Within HMPPS, the Youth Custody Service (YCS) has responsibility for the management and operational delivery of all under 18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs).  The MoJ commission around 900 places for young men, making it the biggest provider of secure accommodation for young people in England and Wales.

The vision of the Youth Custody Service is:

"To give young people the best chance to turn their lives around by providing them with safe, decent and secure environments that focus on education and personal development and empower them to make positive change, successfully return to the community and lead law-abiding lives."


HMP/YOI Cookham Wood
Sir Evelyn Road

Tel: 01634 202 500
Fax: 01634 202 501

Governor: Paul Durham

Accommodation: All cells are single occupancy and most have integral sanitation and telephones.

Operational Capacity: 178

Reception Criteria: Sentenced and remanded young people aged 15 – 18 as directed by the courts.

Latest inspection report: HMP YOI Cookham Wood (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP YOI Cookham Wood (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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